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Tauranga City Plan

6A.1  Objectives and Policies for the Natural Features and Landscapes Provisions

Updated 2 December 2017

6A.1.1 Objective – Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes

The factors, values and associations that define the City’s outstanding natural features and landscapes are identified and protected from inappropriate subdivision, use and development. 

6A.1.1.1 Policy – Identifying Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes

By identifying outstanding natural features and landscapes and their factors, values and associations to the extent that the following criteria are met.

  1. Natural Science Factors
    1. Representativeness
      1. Natural features and landscapes are clearly and recognisably characteristic of the area, district or region. The key components of the landscape will be present in a way that more generally defines the character of the place, but which distils this character exceptionally and in essence;
      2. Natural features in a good state of preservation are representative and characteristic of the natural geological processes and diversity of the region.
    2. Research and Education
      1. Natural features and landscapes are exceptionally valued for the contribution they make to research and education.
    3. Rarity
      1. Natural features are unique or rare in the district, region or nationally, and few comparable examples exist. 
  2. Aesthetic Value
    1. Coherence
      1. The patterns of land cover and land use are largely in harmony with the underlying natural pattern of the landform of the area and there are no significant discordant elements of land cover or land use.
    2. Vividness
      1. Natural features and landscapes are widely recognised across the community and beyond the local area and remain clearly in the memory; striking landscapes are symbolic of an area due to their recognisable and memorable qualities.
    3. Naturalness
      1. Natural features and landscapes appear largely uncompromised by modification and appear to comprise natural systems that are functional and healthy.
    4. Intactness
      1. Natural systems are intact and aesthetically coherent and do not display significant visual signs of human influence, modification, intervention or manipulation, exceptionally visually intact and highly aesthetic natural landscapes.
  3. Expressiveness (Legibility)
    1. Natural features and landscapes clearly demonstrate the natural processes that formed them. Exceptional examples of natural process in landscape exemplify the particular processes that formed that landscape.
  4. Transient Values
    1. The consistent occurrence of transient features (for example the seasonal flowering of pohutukawa) contributes exceptionally to the character, qualities and values of the landscape. Landscapes are widely recognised for their transient features and the contribution these make to the landscape.
  5. Shared and Recognised Values
    1. Natural features and landscapes are widely known and exceptionally valued by the immediate and wider community for their contribution to a sense of place leading to a strong community association with or high public esteem for the place.
  6. Maori Values
    1. Natural features and landscapes are clearly special or widely known and exceptionally influenced by their connection to the Maori values inherent in the place.
  7. Historical Associations
    1. Natural features and landscapes are clearly and widely known and exceptionally influenced by their connection to the historical values inherent in the place. 

6A.1.1.2 Policy - Protection of Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes

By protecting the particular factors, values and associations that make an area an outstanding natural feature and landscape from the adverse effects of inappropriate subdivision, use and development by having regard to:

  1. The character and degree of modification, damage, loss or destruction that will result from the activity;
  2. The duration and frequency of effect (for example long-term or recurring effects);
  3. The magnitude or scale of effect (for example the number of sites affected, spatial distribution, landscape context);
  4. The irreversibility of effect (for example loss of unique or rare features, limited opportunity for remediation, the technical feasibility of remediation or mitigation);
  5. The resilience of heritage value or place to change (for example the ability of the feature to assimilate change, the vulnerability of the feature to external effects);
  6. The opportunities to remedy or mitigate pre-existing or potential adverse effects (for example restoration or enhancement), where avoidance is not practicable;
  7. The probability of effect (for example the likelihood of unforeseen effects, ability to take a precautionary approach);
  8. Cumulative effects (for example the loss of multiple features or values);
  9. Need for, or purpose of, the works;
  10. The provision of public amenity and access to land acquired by Council for reserve purposes. 

6A.1.2 Objective - Important Amenity Landscapes

The factors, values and associations of the City’s important amenity landscapes are maintained and enhanced.

6A.1.2.1 Policy - Identification of Important Amenity Landscapes

By identifying and assessing important amenity landscapes by the degree to which they contain factors, values and associations listed in 6A.1.1.1 Policy – Identifying Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes.

6A.1.2.2 Policy – Maintaining and Enhancing Important Amenity Landscapes

By maintaining and enhancing the particular factors, values and associations that make an area an important amenity landscape from the adverse effects of inappropriate subdivision, use and development by having regard to:

  1. The character and degree of modification, damage, loss or destruction that will result from the activity;
  2. The duration and frequency of effect (for example long-term or recurring effects);
  3. The magnitude or scale of effect (for example the number of sites affected, spatial distribution, landscape context);
  4. Cumulative effects (for example the loss of multiple features or values);
  5. Need for, or purpose of, the works.
  6. The provision of public amenity and access to land acquired by Council for reserve purposes.

6A.1.3 Objective – Preservation of the Natural Character of the Coastal Environment, Wetlands, Rivers and Streams

The natural character of the City’s coastal environment, wetlands, rivers and streams is preserved and protected from inappropriate subdivision, use and development.

6A.1.3.1 Policy - Identification of Natural Character of the Coastal Environment, Wetlands, Rivers & Streams

The natural character values of the coastal environment, wetlands, rivers and streams shall be identified by assessing the extent to which the following criteria are met: 

  1. Natural Systems Expressed
    1. The qualities and patterns of the landscape express integrated physical processes and ecological systems, and promote and support the healthy functioning of the natural environment.
  2. Landform
    1. The land form retains its natural form and qualities.
  3. Land Cover
    1. Land cover is unmodified from its natural state or is regenerating and contributes to a high degree of naturalness or, where managed, retains the qualities of naturalness.
  4. Waterscape
    1. Seascapes, harbours, estuaries, wetlands, geothermal surface features, lakes or rivers are natural without obvious human influence, modification, intervention or manipulation.
  5. Fauna
    1. Habitat for fauna is natural and functions without compromise by human influence, modification, intervention or manipulation. 

6A.1.3.2 Policy - Preservation of the Natural Character of Coastal Environment, Wetlands, Rivers and Streams

By ensuring that subdivision, use and development preserves the natural character of the coastal environment, wetlands, rivers and streams by having regard to:

  1. The extent to which natural processes, elements and patterns that determine the area’s natural character are sustained;
  2. The degree of change to landform and relief;
  3. The degree of protection of vegetation cover and patterns;
  4. The presence of human influence, modification, intervention or manipulation to wetlands, rivers, and the coastal environment including buildings, structures and other activities;
  5. The ability to mitigate any potential adverse effects of subdivision, use, and development;
  6. The provision of public amenity and access to land acquired by Council for reserve purposes.
  7. The ability to restore or rehabilitate natural character.  

6A.1.4 Objective – Management of Access to and Within Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes and Important Amenity Landscapes

Public access is provided to and within outstanding natural features and landscapes and important amenity landscapes that are in public ownership or control. 

6A.1.4.1 Policy – Management of Access to and Within Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes and Important Amenity Landscapes

By providing for public access, and associated recreational facilities, to and within outstanding natural features and landscapes and important amenity landscapes that are in public ownership or control where the adverse effects on the factors, values and associations of that area are mitigated.

6A.1.5 Objective – Maintenance of Existing Network Utilities

The operation, maintenance and minor upgrading (in relation to electric lines) of existing network utilities within outstanding natural features and landscapes and important amenity landscapes is provided for. 

6A.1.5.1 Policy – Maintenance of Existing Network Utilities 

By providing for the operation, maintenance and minor upgrading (in relation to electric lines) of existing network utilities in outstanding natural features and landscapes and important amenity landscapes where adverse effects on the particular factors, values and associations of that area can be mitigated.

6A.1.6 Objective – Coastal Beach Environment Landscape Character

The landscape character values of the City’s coastal beach environment is maintained and enhanced.

6A.1.6.1 Policy - Maintenance and Enhancement of Landscape Character of the Coastal Beach Environment 

By ensuring that subdivision, use and development within the coastal beach environment does not adversely affect the landscape character values on that environment’s landscape character by:

  1. Maintaining and enhancing the characteristics and elements that determine the amenity of the surrounding area;
  2. Ensuring the bulk and scale of built form is compatible with the character of the coastal beach environment;
  3. Ensuring the landscape treatment is compatible with the character of the coastal beach environment;
  4. Maintaining and enhancing amenity between different land uses by screening, buffering or otherwise providing an appropriate interface treatment;
  5. Achieving a high amenity interface between private and public space;
  6. Maintaining and enhancing the natural character interface between urbanised and dune environments;
  7. Protecting areas of cultural value;
  8. Avoiding built form of a scale that dominates the coastal landscape character;
  9. Siting buildings, structures and infrastructure and services to avoid or minimise visual impacts on the coastal beach environment;
  10. Selecting materials and colours for external surfaces that assist in integrating the built form into the adjoining coastal beach environment;
  11. Maintaining and enhancing indigenous vegetation, notable trees and heritage trees;
  12. Managing the interface between urban activities and adjoining landscapes to maintain the integrity of identified outstanding natural features and landscapes and important amenity landscapes;
  13. Ensuring activities maintain and enhance the factors, values and associations of outstanding natural features and landscapes and/or important amenity landscapes

6A.1.7 Objective – Harbour Environment Landscape Character

The landscape character values of the City’s harbour environment is maintained and enhanced. 

6A.1.7.1 Policy - Maintenance and Enhancement of Landscape Character of the Harbour Environment

By ensuring that subdivision, use and development along the margins of Tauranga Harbour does not adversely affect the landscape character values of that environment by:

  1. Maintaining and enhancing the characteristics and elements that determine the amenity of the surrounding area; 
  2. Ensuring the bulk and scale of built form is compatible with the character of the harbour environment;
  3. Ensuring the landscape treatment is compatible with the character of the harbour environment;
  4. Maintaining and enhancing amenity between different land uses by screening, buffering or otherwise providing an appropriate interface treatment;
  5. Achieving a high amenity interface between private and public space;
  6. Maintaining and enhancing the natural character interface between urbanised and harbour margins environment;
  7. Protecting areas of cultural value;
  8. Avoiding built form of a scale that dominates the harbour’s landscape character;
  9. Siting buildings, structures, infrastructure and services to avoid or minimise visual impacts on the harbour margins environment;
  10. Selecting materials and colours for external surfaces that assist in integrating the built form into the adjoining harbour environment;
  11. Maintaining and enhancing indigenous vegetation, notable trees and heritage trees;
  12. Managing the interface between urban activities and adjoining landscapes to maintain the integrity of identified outstanding natural features and landscapes and important amenity landscapes;
  13. Ensuring activities maintain and enhance the factors, values and associations of outstanding natural features and landscapes and/or important amenity landscapes

6A.1.8 Objective – Interface with the Coastal Marine Area (being MHWS), Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes and Important Amenity Landscapes 

The open space character of the coastal marine area and the factors, values and associations of outstanding natural features and landscapes and important amenity landscapes and their margins is maintained and enhanced.

6A.1.8.1 Policy – Interface with the Coastal Marine Area (being MHWS), Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes and Important Amenity Landscapes

By ensuring that buildings, structures and activities along the margins of the coastal marine area, outstanding natural features and landscapes and important amenity landscapes do not compromise the natural character, factors, values and associations of the those areas, through:

  1. The impact of the bulk and scale of buildings, structures and activities on the amenity of the environment;
  2. Significant modification of the existing landform or topography and the extent of earthworks;
  3. Development being of a size or proportion beyond the capacity of the site and surrounding area being able to absorb that development;
  4. Buildings, structures and activities detracting from the existing open space character and the factors, values and associations of outstanding natural features and landscapes and important amenity landscapes and their margins;
  5. The effects on indigenous and exotic flora and fauna, with an overall goal to retain existing vegetation patterns and enhance those patterns around the outstanding natural features and landscapes and important amenity landscapes and their margins through mitigation planting.

6A.1.9 Objective – Urban Landscape Character

The City’s urban landscape character values are maintained and enhanced. 

6A.1.9.1 Policy - Maintenance and Enhancement of Landscape Character in Urban Areas

By ensuring that subdivision, use and development does not adversely affect the landscape character values of urban areas by:

  1. Maintaining and enhancing the characteristics and elements that determine the character and amenity of the surrounding area;
  2. Ensuring the bulk and scale of the built form is compatible with that anticipated in the surrounding area;
  3. Maintaining and enhancing amenity between different land uses by screening, buffering or otherwise providing an appropriate interface treatment;
  4. Achieving a high amenity interface between private and public space;
  5. Protecting and enhancing natural waterways and drainage patterns;
  6. Protecting areas of cultural or heritage value;
  7. Maintaining and enhancing indigenous vegetation, notable trees and heritage trees;
  8. Recognising that the landscape character values in urban growth areas will change through the subdivision, use and development process;
  9. Managing the interface between urban activities and adjoining landscapes to maintain the integrity of identified outstanding natural features and landscapes and important amenity landscapes;
  10. Ensuring the effects of activities maintain and enhance the factors, values and associations of outstanding natural features and landscapes and/or important amenity landscapes.

6A.1.10 Objective – Rural Residential and Rural Landscape Character

The City’s rural-residential and rural landscape character values are maintained and enhanced. 

6A.1.10.1 Policy - Maintenance and Enhancement of Rural Residential and Rural Landscape Character

By ensuring that subdivision, use and development does not adversely affect the landscape character values of rural-residential and/or rural areas by:

  1. Maintaining and enhancing the characteristics and elements that determine the character and amenity of the surrounding area;
  2. Ensuring the bulk and scale of the built form is compatible with that anticipated in the surrounding area;
  3. Maintaining an open character and spatial separation between buildings;
  4. Avoiding built form of a scale that dominates the landscape;
  5. Siting buildings, structures, infrastructure and services to avoid or minimise visual impacts on the skyline;
  6. Selecting materials and colours for external surfaces that assist in integrating the built form into the surrounding landscape;Aligning roads, accessways and property boundaries to reinforce the natural landform;
  7. Protecting and enhancing natural waterways and drainage patterns;
  8. Reinforcing the natural pattern of the landscape through planting;
  9. Protecting areas of cultural or heritage value;
  10. Maintaining and enhancing indigenous vegetation, notable trees and heritage trees;
  11. Ensuring the effects of activities maintain and enhance the factors, values and associations of outstanding natural features and landscapes and/or important amenity landscapes;
  12. Managing the interface between rural residential, rural activities and adjoining landscapes to maintain the integrity of identified outstanding natural features and landscapes and important amenity landscapes;
  13. Recognising that the landscape character in the Future Urban Zone may change as a result of future rezoning and the subdivision, use and development process.

6A.1.11 Objective - Identification and Protection of Views to Mauao

Views to Mauao are identified and protected from obstruction by buildings and structures

6A.1.11.1 Policy - Views to Mauao

By ensuring that buildings and structures do not obstruct or impede the identified views of outstanding natural features and landscapes from public and historic places, beyond the building height provided for under the Plan, in accordance with Appendix 6C: Views to Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes, and identified in the Plan Maps (Part B).

6A.1.12 Objective - Identification and Protection of Views of Mauao from Marae 

Views of Mauao from marae in the City are identified and protected from obstruction by buildings and structures.

6A.1.12.1 Policy - Views of Mauao from Marae

By ensuring that buildings and structures do not obstruct or impede the identified views of Mauao from marae, beyond the building height provided for under the Plan, in accordance with Appendix 6D: Views from Marae to Mauao, and identified in the Plan Maps (Part B).


 

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